MIT on Our Data Driven Society
While I was at Berkeley, we discussed the importance of data in the digital age. I was especially shocked to learn about companies like Target (who monitors your spending patterns in order to effectively market to you- did you read the article about the teenager who was sent baby stuff at home because she bought a pregnancy test?) or Aristotle (who uses your data in the political context.)
This article from New York Times is a pretty interesting read, and makes you think about the ways in which your data is being used.
Even though this is older, this is an interesting supplement to the article I posted last week about anonymous social networking.
“Revolution Hits the Universities” by Thomas Friedman
This article inspired me to create this blog.
I have always been a fan of online communities, and my love for the Internet helped me become a more effective communicator and a better student. I took online classes while working full time as a model, and can say with confidence that I would have not been ready to succeed as a student at UC Berkeley without the experience.
I love that Friedman hits on the benefits of the discussion forum, which really helped me a lot. As a student, I was very shy and afraid to “ask the wrong question” and these forums helped me gain insight in a safe way, see different perspectives, and trust my choices and opinions.